June 26, 1993
From the Metro Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia
Your hosts are Vince McMahon, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and Jerry “The King” Lawler
We see Harvey Whippleman & Mr. Hughes on the video wall with Whippleman saying Hughes will take away everything that El Matador stands for to hype up their match.
Mr. Hughes w/ Harvey Whippleman vs. El Matador
Hughes slams Matador but misses an elbow drop as Matador works the arm. Hughes knees Matador against the ropes then they work an Irish whip sequence that ends with Matador using an arm drag. Whippleman holds up the urn then Hughes attacks the back of Matador. Vince says “Curtis Hughes” on commentary then Hughes misses a running attack and crotches himself on the middle rope. Matador fires away then uses a hip toss before hitting the flying forearm but that only gets two. Matador now heads up top for a flying body press but Hughes rolls through and grabs the tights for the win (3:23) 1/2*.
Thoughts: Not too good and you’d think Hughes would get a decisive win seeing as he they were building him up for a match against the Undertaker and that Matador has been low on the totem pole for a while. Despite having a great look Hughes is not getting over and he has been a disappointment in the ring.
WWF Update with Gorilla Monsoon. He talks with “Kevin” on the phone and promises to straighten out the Tag Team Title situation. Gorilla then tells us about all of the switches 6/14, 6/16, and on 6/19 with the Steiners now the champs. We hear from the Steiners who say they’ve worked their whole lives to be champs and will work even harder to keep them for a long time. Gorilla says that Money Inc. has return matches schedule all over the world coming up soon and uses this as a selling point for house shows. With the house show business in the toilet they had to try and do something to get fans going to the shows.
Doink the Clown vs. Scott Dane
Vince says that Crush will be able to get the “sickness” known as Doink out of the WWF. Doink hits Dane with a belly-to-belly suplex while the announcers talk about Doink’s wrestling ability as Vince screams about why does he dress up as a clown and make kids cry. Doink catches Dane with a powerslam then puts him away with a stump puller (1:02).
Thoughts: They’re still talking about the Crush/Doink feud which I hope ends ASAP. Its been going on since January and has lost all of its steam after WrestleMania IX. Crush looking like a moron throughout has not helped matters.
We hear from Mr. Fuji & Yokozuna, with the U.S.S. Intrepid behind them on the green screen. Fuji talks about the “Stars & Stripes Challenge” and laughs at the thoughts of American athletes failing to slam Yokozuna and how they’ll celebrate. Fuji also says that Hulk Hogan is finished while wanting to make Americans feel like “big fools” as Yokozuna calls the Americans weak. An ad for the Challenge then flashes on the screen. Fuji was the drizzling shits on the mic as Yokozuna’s manager.
Crush is shown talking about the Stars & Stripes Challenge and promises to slam Yokozuna.
The Headshrinkers w/ Afa vs. Mike Davis & Buddy Lane
Vince and Savage keep listing off American athletes then tease Lawler for not entering the Stars & Stripes Challenge. Lane was like a 30 year vet at this point, who had wrestled a lot in Vancouver and for the AWA in the 70’s and 80’s. The Headshrinkers beat down Lane then do the same to Davis. Vince now talks about the possibility of Men on a Mission facing the Headshrinkers as Samu hits a back suplex from the middle rope. The announcers now talk about the Headshrinkers chances at beating The Steiners for the Tag Titles then talk about the overall competition in the division until Fatu hits a top rope splash for the win (2:42). After the match, The Headshrinkers toss Lane outside then look over Davis before leaving.
Thoughts: Seems like they are building up The Headshrinkers as the #1 challengers for the Tag Team Titles while the Steiners and Money Inc. finish up their matches around the house show circuit.
We are shown the Razor Ramon vs. 1-2-3 Kid match from the 6/21 edition of “Monday Night RAW.”
Now, we hear from Tatanka as he accepts the Stars & Stripe Challenge and says he will slam Yokozuna with the power from his great people and spirits. Despite the undefeated streak still being mentioned I doubt anyone as buying Tatanka as a threat to slam Yokozuna.
Bastion Booger vs. Virgil
The rematch we’ve all been waiting for is here. Vince also tells us how to get tickets for the Stars & Stripes Challenge. Virgil throws some jabs as Booger retreats to the corner. Virgil then takes Booger down after blocking a kick then looks to the crowd for support before hitting a headbutt to the groin. The crowd did not offer much in terms of support. Booger rakes the eyes of Virgil but eats boot on a charge in the corner. However, Booger catches Virgil with a clothesline then lands a clubbing forearm before sidestepping a flying body press then he hits a middle rope splash for the win (1:59) 3/4*. Vince is amazed that someone of Booger’s size could come off of the middle rope as the ref checks on Virgil.
Thoughts: Its not like these two are horrible together in the ring but its tough to care. The crowd didn’t give a shit about Virgil and Booger does not have any heel heat. Vince of course went nuts in selling disgust over Booger’s appearance.
Another Men on a Mission vignette airs. Actually, it was the same that aired last week. And boy was this one corny with the subway background.
Boni Blackstone welcomes Bam Bam Bigelow to the interview platform. Bigelow says he is the biggest, meanest, strongest, and even the best wrestler in the WWF today. However, we all don’t know that he has another side to him and that is heart and sensitivity before saying he has found love. Bigelow then brings out his love and its Luna Vachon, who he calls “tic.” A “luna-tic” chant breaks out as Bigelow puts over Luna’s body and mind along with the guts to have what it takes to get the job done. Luna then yells at Blackstone and wants her to back off of her man then talks about Bigelow making her “hot.” And we now have a new on screen couple on Bigelow & Luna. They fit together.
Burt Centeno vs. Mr. Perfect
Vince hypes up the Tuesday night house show in White Plains, NY that did not sound particularly exciting. He also talked Perfect vs. Shawn Michaels for the Intercontinental Title at various shows although they did not wrestle in White Plains. Perfect takes control as Vince breaks the news to Lawler that Bret Hart will be here next week for an interview. Lawler is pissed as Perfect hits a dropkick after an Irish whip sequence. Perfect then lowers his strap before hitting his neck snap then uses the Perfect Plex for the win as Lawler claims he is not afraid of Bret (1:43).
Thoughts: The big news here was learning of Bret making his first TV appearance since the PPV on next week’s show. They also hyped up Perfect and Shawn Michaels house show matches.
Once again we see the Hacksaw Jim Duggan “USA” music video. Figured they would have waited to air this next week during July 4th weekend.
Next week in action are Marty Jannetty, Lex Luger, Steiner Brothers, and Adam Bomb. Plus, an interview with Bret Hart and more!
Final Thoughts: The focus is on the Stars & Stripes Challenge and they hyped up next week’s interview with Bret. The featured match was not very good and the Booger/Virgil stuff did was a really minor angle that its tough to even care about. The company also did a lot to promote their house shows here too as ticket sales were remain in the toilet.